No matter how horrific the crimes may be, we can all find something to enjoy in a quality serial killer film. Those explicitly based on true events — and I think this is almost needless to say — can be a smidge dicier to sell someone, though. While a lot of careful steps must be taken, the central dilemma facing an artist, there, revolves around respect for the dead: how do you depict their own passing in a way that’s both interesting and “cinematic”? Moreover, can you make entertainment out of such events?
It’s a question that Warner Bros. and Casey Affleck will soon need to face, as Deadline report that the studio and star have struck a deal for the true-life drama Boston Strangler — which he, in addition to headlining, has sold as a pitch alongside scribe Chuck MacLean. The latter will be on script duties, having to shape a narrative around 13 unsolved stranglings in the Boston area from June of 1962 to January of 1964, a task which already has a solid outline to its benefit. Although Albert DeSalvo had confessed to committing such acts, many believe he had only been put in this position as part of a larger conspiracy, and that several had actually taken part in the killing of these women.
Boston Strangler will put that into focus by centering on a detective, likely to be played by Affleck, as he risks his “career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers.” A none-too-surprising comparison to Zodiac is present in the Deadline article, while another David Fincher-helmed serial killer film, Se7en, is also on their minds.
Although no start date has been set — nor have further creatives been attached — Langley Park are set to produce for Warner Bros.
Is this an interesting project for Affleck to take on? What do you think of this material as the basis of a story?
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